FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The Joint Interoperability Test Command ushered in new command and senior enlisted leadership with a ceremony July 26 at the JITC compound.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, director of Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of Joint Force Headquarters Information Network, delivered the opening remarks bidding farewell to Navy Capt. Shawn Roberts as he relinquished JITC command to Navy Capt. Robert Matthias.
“You had the sole responsibility as a joint interoperability certifier in certifying all joint and national security services, as well as serving as a joint operational test service for other DOD agencies,” Skinner said addressing Roberts.
He also commended Roberts’ efforts to improve test services and navigate his staff through an uncertain year.
“Last year was tough,” Skinner said. “But you took care of your workforce even with the challenges imposed by COVID-19. You led JITC in creating a remote working environment without missing a beat.”
Roberts said he is truly amazed at JITC's accomplishments over the past three years.
“You are only as good as your crew,” Roberts said. “Thanks to everyone for allowing me to join the JITC team. It has been an honor and a privilege.”
The ceremony blended the traditions of the military branches in a truly joint event. In keeping with Naval tradition, Roberts read the orders initiating Matthias as JITC’s twelfth commander.
“I can’t wait to engage and get to know everyone at JITC,” Matthias said.
JITC also changed the senior enlisted leadership.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mary Carr relinquished her responsibility as JITC’s senior enlisted leader, or SEL, to Space Force Master Sgt. Zac Sigsworth.
“This is probably one of the best assignments I’ve had,” Carr said. “I’ve enjoyed it one hundred percent, I couldn’t ask for a better command.”
Sigsworth joins JITC with 16 years of service and as the first Space Force senior enlisted leader at JITC. He will serve as the interim SEL for approximately six months.
“I am looking forward to the leadership experience at this level,” he added.
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